The city of Salem recently installed eight electric vehicle charging stations in the Museum Place and South Harbor parking garages.
On Wednesday, Voltrek co-owner Kathleen Rosen was nice enough to offer a quick demonstration of exactly how these electric charging stations work.
Before hooking up, motorists have to first wave a charge pass in front of the station. If you don't have one, Rosen said you can call a phone number on the unit and the company can remotely unlock it and mail you a card.
Electric cars plug in via a standard 18-foot cable attached to the unit and can fully charge in about five hours.
All electric vehicles must be powered off when charging, a safety measure Rose said is aimed at preventing motorists from accidentally driving off while still plugged in.
So, if you're one of the environmentally-friendly city residents driving an electric vehicle through Salem, you now know what to expect if you decide to try out one of these new stations.
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